‘The power of an idea is in its implementation.’ I couldn’t agree more with business coach Michael Sheargold. It takes implementation to transform a concept into reality and to put a plan into practice, but it’s easier said than done. Effective implementation requires time, strategy, purposeful communication and follow-up.
How to commit to implement
Leaders who make a habit of committing to implementation understand that there’s a world of difference between having a plan and putting the plan in place. They know that while plans are usually developed in your mind, implementation takes place on the ground and can’t be left to chance or the goodwill of your team. Change is always challenging and people need support. Thoughtful implementation provides that support.
It’s one thing to come up with an idea that has the potential to improve your business productivity or profitability, but unless you have an implementation plan, it is next to useless.
For example, you won’t improve a workflow process simply by editing a flowchart. Even if you do draw attention to it at a meeting and make sure everyone has their own copy, it’s through implementation that proposed solutions are tested, team engagement is earned and, ultimately, positive change is inspired.
In addition to sharing your commitment to a change, you’ll need to demonstrate commitment to its implementation. If you’re not committed, your team will very likely only pay lip service to it and continue on as they have always done. The outcome will be frustration for you and confusion for them – a drain on energy and motivation for all concerned.
3 tips for committing to implement
Encourage free and open communication from everyone in your business about any plans for change and expect to make adjustments to those plans. Clearly and patiently communicate your goals and expectations for the introduction of ‘on the ground’ change.
Successful implementation involves a training period where your team has both time and opportunity to understand the challenges and benefits of the change as they experience it. This will help them feel that change is taking place ‘with’ them and not ‘to’ them.
Effective implementation happens on the ground and your entire team needs to be involved. This will be more effective if you are not the only person seen to be ‘in charge’. Nominate others to manage implementation – not only will they be practicing a valuable habit, they will also feel valued and assume ownership for embedding the change.
The next step in committing to implement …
… is to recognise how essential this habit is for creating an organisation that continues to learn, change and improve. Ask trusted colleagues to help you paint an accurate picture of what implementation currently looks like in your business. Identify what’s missing and start by focussing on that.
For more information about your business leadership habits, and to understand how committing to implement can influence the financial position of your business including improved revenue, cash flow and profitability, please give me a call.